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A Politician Decides To Be Awful To A Woman Who Wants Him To Learn Facts. Then He Gets Xenophobic.

Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, who have lived here most of their lives, decided to ask Congressman Steve King a pretty thoughtful question. He didn't handle it too well. At 58 seconds in, he gets pretty condescending, physically grabs her hand, shows them little respect, and refuses to listen. It goes downhill from there, despite Erika and Cesar's calm discussion of the issues.

A Politician Decides To Be Awful To A Woman Who Wants Him To Learn Facts. Then He Gets Xenophobic.

The card Erika is referring to is her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) card. It's a card for folks who arrived here before their 16th birthday, before 2007, who graduated from high school or served in the military and haven't committed any crimes. Essentially they are kids who grew up here, want to contribute to society, want a legal path to citizenship or green card status, and want to know where they stand in the American immigration system.

Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) has a history of saying pretty xenophobic things, like most undocumented immigrants are drug runners. He tends to be uncompromising in his opinion that if you were brought here as a child, you are a lawbreaker who has no intention of following any laws. And anytime anyone calls him on this and explains that if you grew up here not knowing about your status, you should at least have an opportunity to prove your value, he reverts to ignoring everything you say because your parents dared to try to give you a better life.


Imagine if America was the only country you ever knew. As a small child, you make friends, go to school, grow up, go to college, and make a life for yourself. Now imagine there was a guy telling you that everyone like you was a drug smuggling criminal. And he was elected to a federal office. And he was trying to send you to a country you have never lived in. How would you feel?

Erika just wants to contribute to our country. She wants to do the right thing. And most people are too afraid to talk about it because people like Congressman King like to scare the hell out of everyone into thinking that the American dream should be off limits to people from specific places. Which is silly. We are a nation of immigrants, and right now, there's no path for people like Erika to take to gain her citizenship. But if people like you and me keep talking about it, maybe we can finally get to a place where we have a sane path to citizenship that's actually realistic and doable.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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